Kansas Wheat

I’ve got something paper crafty to show you, but it’s going to have to wait until tomorrow…My mail just came, and I am so excited about a special delivery.

Jenni Horne and I have been friends since the 90s when we lived in Georgia. We went to church together, and were part of a group of people that make up such a valuable part of my little family’s history…A lot of twenty-something couples (many so newly married that there were no kids, or plenty of kids on the way!) that laughed together, worshiped together, hung out together eating fried fish and wild hog and steaks and potluck dinner fare (in Georgia, that’s just about the best eating – honest!). We were a Sunday School class that loved Jesus, and we loved each other.

Jenni has been an artist all of her life. From the womb. Different mediums and different looks. Always so uniquely her. I have several pieces of her art and jewelry that I’ve collected over time.

So, when I was working on colors and art for my living room during a decorating spree a few months ago, I *knew* I wanted something special, something one of a kind and something that spoke to me. I called Jenni and asked her if she would be willing to create a painting for me. She does this amazing process with texture and paint. I’d been drooling over other creations on her blog and etsy shop for the last few years.  Today, this 30×30 masterpiece arrived.

I *love* it! I love the depth and the movement. The colors are perfect. I treasure that it was painted by someone I know.

Kansas Wheat speaks to me. I am a Kansas girl. I was born there, raised there for a period of time, graduated high school and college. Met my husband there. I’ve lived there multiple times throughout my entire life. When I say I’m going home, that’s where I go…Kansas.

Thanks for allowing me to process gush…and if you have a minute, take a peek at Jenni’s blog. You’ll be thoroughly entertained. She’s a teacher (both art education in her local community and Art & Soul Retreats), an artist, a business owner, a blogger, an interior decorator, a wife, a mom, a lover of Jesus.

She’s the real deal, and I love her.


10 responses to “Kansas Wheat

  1. What a fabulous painting! And so much more meaningful since it was painted for you by a friend! (And I didn’t know you used to live in Georgia!)

  2. Gorgeous colors — I love it, too!

  3. what a sweet story….when Melody Ross was here for her art show i bought several pieces….nothing is more healing than art…and when you know the artist it makes it priceless…enjoy your wheat 🙂

  4. Absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful and talented friend! It will give you the warm fuzzies every time you see it on the wall!

  5. If the painting looks this fantastic in a blog picture, I cannot imagine how beautiful it must be up close! The movement of the wheat is amazing! How blessed you must feel Lori!

  6. Lori I was more than tickled when you asked me to paint this for you. And upon completion I knew in my heart that it was exactly the painting for you. I hope to one day see it in person again! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my gifts with your family. Xo

  7. Hi Loricraig,
    In addition to your post I was wondering, This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 from Salina, Kansas. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, Kansas and reprinted by the Salina Journal. 8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas-1895

    Grammar (Time, one hour)
    1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
    2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.
    3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
    4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run.
    5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
    6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
    7-10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical
    use of the rules of grammar.

    Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)
    1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
    2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?

  8. You can tell just by reading the sheer emotion you have for your friend and ‘home’. A beautiful piece of Art that means something special in your home will be treasured forever!! Enjoy!

  9. What a STUNNING piece of artwork! Just gorgeous!!!

  10. Wow Lori- I grew up in Manhattan Kansas so this gorgeous artwork speaks to me too! If you are like me, you hear too many Toto jokes since we don’t live in Kansas any longer. But really it is true…There is no place like home….Kansas. I applied for your copic class in Phoenix in March so I hope to meet you in person. Thanks for sharing and bringing warm memories to my mind.

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